Koli people (fishing community & original Mumbai residents) have mainly thrived in recent times in the hidden quarters of Mumbai, fondly known as the ‘Koliwadas’. Koliwadas basically mean ‘a home that opens to the sea’. Some prominent Koliwadas in Mumbai are Worli Koliwada, Vasai Koliwada and Colaba Koliwada. Like the people themselves, Koli food is humble and close to its origins. While seafood is the undisputed part of their diet, the Kolis are also fond of rice and vegetables. A typical Koli meal will always contain their seafood curry, with rice and roti made from rice flour. Coconut also plays a central role in this cuisine. The Kolis are known for their desserts made with coconut and jaggery; shingri, narali paak and badam paak.
Join the team of culinarians from Holiday Inn Mumbai in their collaboration with Shobha Tai and her friends from Boisar Koliwada, showcasing one of the Mumbai’s oldest communities and their kitchens. Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport introduces Koli Food Festival starting from 18th March to 28th March (for dinner only) at their All-day Dining restaurant Saptami. A one of its kind food festival that is celebrated where boats are decked up with flags and torans, and family and friends are taken out for a ride in the sea.
Shoba Tai says “we start our day very early in the morning, right from catching variety of fishes to setting up stalls for our people to buy fresh fishes everyday. It’s a dangerous job to go deep in the sea and wait for the appropriate catch but there are days we have to come empty handed but we do not lose hope and always go the next day with high hope as we know that their are thousands of people waiting for fresh catch. People love our Koli cuisine as we still prepare our spicy red powder masala with over 11 different spices which is predominantly used in most of the Koli preparations.”
Speaking about the food festival Subhrajit Bardhan, General Manager of Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport says “True to our promise of curating and offering unique food & beverage experiences to the food lovers of Mumbai, this time around we bring to you something that is closer to home and a favourite of us Mumbaikars. After savouring the culinary delicacies first-hand at the home of Shoba Tai at Boisar, our team of chefs vouch for her culinary artistry and promise us a real gourmet treat at Saptami. I am looking forward to savouring some of these Koliwada specials and would definitely get some of my friends over for the Koli Food Festival.”
Talking about the special menu for the food festival, Executive Chef Suresh Thampy says, “I have worked closely with the Koli family to curate a special menu for this food festival that showcases the authentic recipes of of the Koli’s and promise to get you the most exciting experience ever.
Details of the promotion:
18th to 27th March 2022
07:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Dinner at ₹2100 + taxes onwards
Call for reservation 9004617824
Must try at Koli Food Festival:
Veg: Batata Usal, Vaalachi Aamti, Varan, Kokam Saar, Chincha Kadhi, Kothimbir Wadi, Vaanga Fry, Sol Kadhi
Non-Veg: Mutton Rassa, Suke Mutton, Chicken Fry, Paplet Fry, Rawas Fry, Kolambi Chilly, Mushi Kheema
Macchi Pattice, Suki Krandi & many more